Environmental Election Forum 1 - Proposition 1 on Austin Election Ballot Nov. 8, 2016
The first of Shades of Green Environmental Candidate forums for the 2016 November election. This year five City of Austin Council districts are up for election and an important transportation bond package Proposition 1 is on the local ballot. It is critical for our listeners to understand the candidates positions on environmental issues and the Proposition 1 bond. Each week until the election we are featuring candidates in the five districts. This week we covered the transportation bond.
Proposition 1 - Comprehensive Transportation Bond:
The City of Austin has called a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Voters will consider one City of Austin proposition for $720 million in General Obligation bonds to fund transportation and mobility improvements.
Voters will consider this proposition in conjunction with the November General Election for Federal, State, County, and City offices as well as propositions for other taxing entities. You can read the City Council Ordinance calling the special election for Prop. 1 and establishing proposition language. You can get more information about the plans and projects in Prop. 1 at the City's website.
Our guest for discussing Proposition 1 were:
Jim Wick - Campaign Manager for Move Austin Forward, the political action committee supporting Prop 1. He is also the former Director of Community Engagement and Director of Council Affairs in Mayor Steve Adler's office. He took a leave absence from the mayor's office to run the Prop 1 campaign.
George Coffer - Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy. The Hill Country Conservancy publicly supports Prop 1 and has joined the Move Austin Forward coalition.
Roger Falk - (invited but did not participate) - Chairman of the Travis County Tax Payers Union and an Advisory Board member of Honest Transportation Solutions (an anti- Prop 1 political action committee).